Youth Entrepreneurship


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Youth Entrepreneurship

In Unit 5, students will gain a full understanding of entrepreneurship, establish their goals, practice identifying problems and brainstorming solutions, learn the meaning and importance of being a professional, and draft their pitch. Throughout this unit, overall, students take an idea all the way to a pitch. By establishing the skills and characteristics needed to be a successful entrepreneur, and fully understanding the challenges of this career path, students finish this unit with a new and improved outlook on their own entrepreneurial goals. 

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Youth Entrepreneurship (Unit 5)

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5.0 Youth Entrepreneurship Overview & Course Expectations (Educators Only)

Throughout this lesson, students will:

  • Gain a deeper appreciation for entrepreneurship as a viable career option
  • Engage in all aspects of the entrepreneurship cycle – from brainstorming to final pitch
  • Connect lessons to meet the requirements to obtain the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal
  • Participate in real-world career experience activities, including job shadowing and professional presentations through the YEI Pitch Challenge or Campus Pitch Event
5.1 Introduction to Entrepreneurship


  • Introduce students to entrepreneurship, pitching, and each other.
  • Set expectations for constructive feedback and a safe and positive climate.
  • Give students an opportunity to practice public speaking, providing
    and receiving constructive feedback. Introduce the concept of a pitch.

5.2 Awareness of Self & Career Options

• Students will become familiar with OhioMeansJobs K–12 resource
and explore different careers. Help students identify their
passions, interests, and talents.
• Students will work to identify and choose a mentor.

5.3 Problem Identification

• Introduce strategies for identifying problems to help students
think broadly about what problems they might want to solve
with their business opportunity.
• Students will arrange to meet their work mentor.

5.4 Solution Identification

• Learn a strategy for brainstorming and use it to identify possible solutions
for problems identified in the previous session.
• Consider which solutions could be viable opportunities.

5.5 Understanding Strengths and Career Aspirations

• Students prepare to meet with mentors and deepen their thinking about
their future and careers.

5.6 Practicing Professional Skills

• Students will present themselves professionally in their conversations with
their work mentors.
• Students will learn more about their work mentors and prepare to share
what they learned with their peers.

5.7 Value Proposition and Draft Pitch

• Students will understand the concept of value proposition and use it
to help narrow down potential business ideas.

5.8 Practice Presentation Skills and Explore Career Resources

• Students will start to understand that failure provides important learning
• Students will refine and practice their pitches and receive feedback from
peers; students will practice delivering glows and grows.
• Students will further explore careers and resources using OhioMeansJobs
K–12 Profile or alternative tools.

5.9 Job Shadowing

• Students experience a workplace environment and learn more about their
mentor’s responsibilities.
• In lieu of an in-class session, students will schedule a two- to three-hour
job shadowing experience with their work mentor.
• Ideally, this should happen between sessions 7–10.
• If possible, students should also do their pitch in front of their mentor
and ask for glows and grows.

5.10 Preparing for the Pitch Event

• Students learn from each others’ shadowing experiences.
• Students explore how to learn from failure and disappointment.
• Students practice their pitches, view recordings and share with mentors,
requesting feedback to improve final delivery at the pitch event.

5.11 Pitch Event

• Students deliver their pitches and receive feedback.
• Students gain experience receiving constructive feedback.
• Students get OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal Validation forms signed by
work mentors.
• School/program recognizes and thanks work mentors.

5.12 Reflection & Moving Forward

• Students reflect on and celebrate their successes and thank work mentors
in writing.